Today I am teaching you how to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs. It's one of the very first recipes you should cook in your pressure cooker. Not only is it an easy way to dip your toes into the initially scary world of the Instant Pot (we all think we will blow up), but you will NEVER make hard boiled eggs another way! Pinky promise.
3 Reasons to Make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
I'm a list maker by default, so here is the list of reasons why I get eggcited (ha!) about Instant Pot hard boiled eggs:
- They are foolproof. Honestly. You put them in the pot, and push a button. You don't have to control the temperature and set a timer. The pressure cooker does that all for you.
- You don't run the risk of burning your pretty little hands. We've all had run-ins with an overly zealous pot of boiling water that spits and spews. Also, one of my BIGGEST pet peeves in life is draining hot water out of pots. You know, the whole put the lid on the pot thing our moms taught us? Inevitably, I'm a klutz and my eggs always get cracked!
- They peel easily and cook evenly. #byegreenyolk
Tools You Need to Make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- Obviously you need your pressure cooker. I use the 6-quart Instant Pot DUO, which is great for my family of five. If you have a larger family, I recommend the 8-quart.
- Egg steam rack. This allows your eggs to steam and cook evenly, and then you can easily remove them from the pot when they are finished. Prevents burning your hands or cracking. This egg rack comes with grippy silicone mittens too! Click here to buy.
- If you don't have the egg rack, use the trivet that comes with your Instant Pot, as pictured above. It's important you keep you eggs out of the water!
Can I Make a Dozen Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot?
Why, yes! You absolutely can! Another joy of using your pressure cooker—you can make a lot of eggs at once! Depending on the size of your pressure cooker, you can make a dozen hard boiled eggs comfortably.
This is perfect for egg salad sandwiches, potato salad, dying Easter eggs, deviled eggs, and beyond!
Soft Boiled vs. Hard Boiled Eggs
Okay, so I have tested hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot at least eight different times before coming to the exact timing and process that I prefer. And you know what I discovered? The perfect hard boiled egg is possibly one of the most subjective concepts on the entire planet. Like, up there with art. (Hard yes or hard pass on Frida Kahlo?)
Some people love their yolk slightly on the soft boiled side, with the yolk a dark yellow and chewy texture. Some people are die-hard boiled egg enthusiasts (sorry, eggs are possibly the punniest food in eggsistence... have I gone too far?) and like the yolk light yellow and FIRM. I feel that I'm somewhere in the middle, and this recipe gives you my perfect hard boiled egg.
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Grab the recipe below for Instant Pot hard boiled eggs and enjoy!
How to Make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- 12 large eggs or however many you want
- 1 cup water
- Pour 1 cup of water in bowl. Place steam rack in Instant Pot bowl. Add in eggs.
- Close and lock lid, flip valve to "Sealing" and cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes. Let it natural release for 4 minutes (the timer on the screen), then flip the valve to "Venting" to quick release any remaining pressure.
- Remove from pot and run under cool water. Allow eggs to cool 2-3 minutes and peel.